“The nutritionist said I should eat root vegetables.
Said if I could get down thirteen turnips a day
I would be grounded, rooted.
Said my head would not keep flying away
to where the darkness lives.
The psychic told me my heart carries too much weight.
Said for twenty dollars she’d tell me what to do.
I handed her the twenty. She said, “Stop worrying, darling.
You will find a good man soon.”
The first psychotherapist told me to spend
three hours each day sitting in a dark closet
with my eyes closed and ears plugged.
I tried it once but couldn’t stop thinking
about how gay it was to be sitting in the closet.
The yogi told me to stretch everything but the truth.
Said to focus on the out breath. Said everyone finds happiness
when they care more about what they give
than what they get.
The pharmacist said, “Lexapro, Lamictal, Lithium, Xanax.”
The doctor said an antipsychotic might help me
forget what the trauma said.
The trauma said, “Don’t write these poems.
Nobody wants to hear you cry
about the grief inside your bones.”
But my bones said, “Tyler Clementi jumped
from the George Washington Bridge
into the Hudson River convinced
he was entirely alone.”
My bones said, “Write the poems.”
― Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase
“Peace of mind is a precious thing. Protect it at all costs!”
“One of the hardest things to do in life, is letting go of what you thought was real.”
“It doesn’t matter who they are, toxic. Do yourself a favour and walk away.”
‘If you wish to be a warrior prepare to get broken, if you wish to be an explorer prepare to get lost and if you wish to be a lover prepare to be both.”
“Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.”
“Do your squats,
eat your vegetables,
wear red lipstick,
and don’t let boys be mean to you.”
“This morning I woke up and reminded myself that my soul is fucking beautiful, my mind is fucking powerful, my heart is made of fucking gold, and I’ve got so many damn good things going for me that I literally do not need anyone who isn’t going to love me the way that I fucking deserve to be loved.”
“Sometimes you need to walk away. Not to make someone else realize how worthy you are. But for YOU to understand and acknowledge your own self-worth.”
“Sometimes walking away has nothing to do with weakness and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value, but because we finally realize our own.”
“One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.”
“You see a person’s true colors when you are no longer beneficial to their life.”
“I’m learning how to walk away from situations or people who threaten my peace of mind, self-respect, or self-worth.”
“There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you have had enough.”
“People will take from you until there’s no more of you left.”
“If I could go back to the day we met, I would turn around and walk away.”
“Have a nice life. I’m done trying to be in it.”
“No matter how badly people treat you, never drop down to their level. Just know you’re better and walk away.”